You’re looking at one of the best-selling cars in America, the 2015 Nissan Altima. Three years have passed since the Altima’s last complete redesign, and this midsize sedan competes within the largest and one of the most fiercely contested segments of the automotive market. Though it is aging and ready for its midlife refresh, the 2015 Altima holds its own by virtue of the fact that it checks off every box on the family sedan must-have list.
Fuel economy? Check. Comfort? Check. Safety? Check. Style? Check. Modern technology? Check. Decent-sized trunk? Check.
The Altima, it would appear, possesses the traits people want in their mainstream midsize car. The question, then, is whether or not such a pragmatic approach is good enough in a segment where greatness is almost a pre-requisite to consideration.
I spent a week using the 2015 Altima as a suburban family shuttle to find out if the car’s sum is as impressive as its parts.